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Hi I'm Mark

I'm a Major, Airman, Navy Brat, American, Son, Father, Grandfather, Husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on the US Naval Base in Bermuda over 50 years ago. My mom tells me that I could swim before I could walk – I’m not sure I believe that. Joined USAF, earned my BA in Electronics, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Stationed in Las Vegas then Osan, Korea. Met my wife in Korea - tall blond lady from Ohio. Later while assigned in Seoul, Korea, we adopted a 17 day old girl. Cute as button. We named her Markka. Carla immediately got sick, so the care of our new baby fell to me. After 2 months, Carla was still sick and I told her to go to the doctor! She came home, told me that she had news and that I should sit down. My mind was racing – leukemia, cancer, all sorts of horrible thoughts – “I’m pregnant”. Right! What’s really wrong?" Of course, she was pregnant. 9 months after Markka's birth of our son Karl was born. Carla would take the kids to church while I did other things on Sundays. Trying to wrangle both of them would cause her some serious stress and certainly didn't help her get anything out of the lessons. I saw that this was not helping her. I offered to come to help take care of the children. I kept going even after that focused help was no longer needed. I guess after a couple of years most folks assumed I was a Mormon. I was even asked to teach Sunday School. That's when I realized I was Mormon, just not yet baptized. I enjoy sailing, home repair, travel, volunteer work with the Church, USO, Operation Helmet, AFCEA, and other organizations.

Why I am a Mormon

When the kids were very young, they were such a handful at church that my wife had a great deal of trouble staying focused on the lessons and talks. After a month, she basically stopped going to church. I didn't like what she became. I decided to go to church to help out. I liked it. 25 years later I'm still going ;-)

How I live my faith

I'm the Ward Mission Leader. I coordinate the congregation’s efforts to find, teach, and baptize people that are interested and investigating joining the church. I coordinate this work with the work of the full-time missionaries and ward missionaries. The most important thing I do in this calling is be a friend. I'm a Home Teacher - that means every month I go to visit two or three families, see how they are doing, help them with their needs, and a teach a lesson.

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